Civil Rights / Liberties
By Steve Ahlquist on July 28, 2016
The Nuns arrived at St. Michael’s Church in South Providence to the music of the Extraordinary Rendition Band and St. Michael’s own drummers.
Posted in Activism, Campaign 2016, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Climate Change, corporate greed, Democratic National Convention, Democrats, Education, Elections, Environment, Events, Featured, Health Care, Immigration, Inequality, Labor, News, Photos, Poverty, Providence, Race & Racism, Religion, Rhode Island, Taxes, Video, Voter ID, Women | Tagged democratic national convention, Extraordinary Rendition Band, minimum wage, Nuns on the Bus, St. Michael's Church | Leave a response
By Jonathan Jacobs on July 24, 2016
As the landscapes of media and communication continue to evolve, the lines between news, opinion and entertainment are blurring quicker than society can vet facts. Thus, there seems to be confusion over what is unsafe and what is uncomfortable. While the two concepts are not mutually exclusive, it is imperative to understand that neither are […]
By Bob Plain on July 22, 2016
A subcommittee of the Providence City Council is slated to consider on September 1 the Community Safety Act – a proposed bill that would make police officers more accountable to the people they detain and reduce racial and other forms of discrimination. A coalition of community groups called the Step Up Network have launched a […]
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Criminal Justice, Featured, Providence, Race & Racism | Tagged afsc, Community Safety Act, DARE, ona, PrYSM, STEP-UP Network, White Noise Collective | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on July 22, 2016
“We need police accountability now because no one feels safe in our community,” said Community Safety Act Campaign Coordinator, Vanessa Flores-Maldonado.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Events, Featured, Immigration, Inequality, National News, News, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged black lives matter, Cathedral Square, Community Safety Act, CSA, FANG Collective, Helen McDonald, jorge elorza, July 21 Collective Action for Freedom, kennedy plaza, Luis Aponte, Movement for Black Lives, Nick Katkevich, PERA, Providence City Council, Providence City Hall, Providence External Review Authority, Providence Public Safety Complex, seth yurdin, Step Up Coalition to Pass the Community Safety Act, Steven Pare, Vanessa Flores-Maldonado, White Noise Collective RI | 7 Responses
By Bob Plain on July 17, 2016
During an interfaith vigil for peace on Saturday, Rhode Island religious leaders implicitly and explicitly blamed Donald Trump, Newt Gingrich and the Republican rhetoric opposing religious freedom on the national political stage for vandalism that happened at a mosque in Kingston, Rhode Island on Thursday night. “In one sense this incident is an isolated incident,” […]
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Religion | Tagged Adele Bourne, David Dooley, don anderson, donald trump, Farid Ansari, hate speech, Howard Voss-Altman, Masjid al Hoda, muslim community center of kingston, Newt Gingrich, Peter Neronha | 2 Responses
By Bob Plain on July 15, 2016
Hate and intolerance left a visible stain on a mosque in the otherwise tranquil and enlightened village of Kingston, Rhode Island on Thursday night. Masjid al Hoda, also known as the Muslim Community Center of Kingston, was vandalized at around 11 pm, according to South Kingstown police. The mosque is near the University of Rhode […]
By Steve Ahlquist on July 15, 2016
“We need to come together and save them,” said Melissa DaRosa, “before we end up having a grieving family and have to bury somebody else.”
Posted in Activism, cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Featured, News, Pawtucket, Photos, Poverty, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged 300Women, Anchor Recovery, Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence, Jane Jellison, Mary Gray, Melissa DaRosa, Midnight Basketball, Oaklawn Community Center | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on July 10, 2016
“The 2nd line can be seen as just a parade but it is a deeply powerful and solemn expression of homecoming and love.”
Posted in Activism, Arts & Culture, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Events, National News, News, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged Alton Sterling, black lives matter, Philando Castile | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on July 9, 2016
No press conferences were planned for Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. It took the death of police officers to do that. That alone signals our priorities as a culture.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Featured, Gun Control, Inequality, National News, News, Photos, Prison Reform, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Alton Sterling, Donald Anderson, Eugene Dyszlewski, Gina Raimondo, jack reed, jim vincent, kobi dennis, Moira Walsh, Philando Castile, Sheldon Whitehouse, Steven O'Donnell, Steven Pare | 4 Responses
By Meghan Kallman on July 5, 2016
If our goal is to ultimately have safer, healthier communities that benefit everyone, then we would do well to celebrate, rather than shame, the success stories. Congratulations, Sal. Benny’s, I applaud your inclusivity. You have my business.
By Steve Ahlquist on June 27, 2016
“This year, Rhode Islanders will make it known at the polls that anti-abortion politicians have no place in the Rhode Island State House,” said Craig O’Connor, Director of Public Policy and Government Relations, Rhode Island with Planned Parenthood Votes! Rhode Island
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Featured, National News, News, reproductive freedom, Rhode Island, State House, Women | Tagged ACLU of Rhode Island, ACOG, All Saints Memorial Church, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Anthony Kennedy, Craig O’Connor, David A. Ames, Elena Kagan, General Assembly, Jennifer Villavicencio, NARAL Pro-Choice America, Planned Parenthood Action Fund Clergy Advocacy Board, Planned Parenthood Votes! Rhode Island, Roe. v. Wade, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor, Steven Breyer, Steven Brown, The Guttmacher Institute, United States Supreme Court, Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 26, 2016
Rhode Island’s founder, Roger Williams, was a refugee from Massachusetts seeking freedom and safety in our state. Bah said that welcoming refugees is a Rhode island tradition that must be protected.
Posted in Arts & Culture, Civil Rights / Liberties, Events, Featured, Holidays, Immigration, International News, News, People, Photos, Providence, Rhode Island, Women, Youth | Tagged David Cicilline, Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island, James Langevin, Nellie Gorbea, Omar Bah, Refugee Dream Center, Roger Williams, World Refugee Day | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 24, 2016
“We’re not sitting around waiting for our police department or our mayor or someone else to stand up,” said Diana Garlington to the crowd, “We need to stand up. These are our children. These are all of our children.”
By ACLU of RI on June 21, 2016
The groups had requested the Governor to veto the legislation, stating that the bill was so broadly worded that it could make criminals of people involved in neither revenge nor porn, and would have a direct impact on the First Amendment rights of the media.
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Featured, News, Rhode Island | Tagged ACLU of Rhode Island, American Booksellers for Free Expression, Chris Finan, David Horowitz, Gina Raimondo, Justin Silverman, Media Coalition, New England First Amendment Coalition, Rhode Island Press Association, Steven Brown | 1 Response
By Adam Miner on June 16, 2016
“The Catholic Church believes in social justice, racial justice & economic justice, as do I,” said Bill Deware, “Jesus healed the sick, helped the poor and didn’t judge. These are areas I would like to focus on in my career and in my life.”
Posted in Campaign 2016, Civil Rights / Liberties, Featured, Health Care, Labor, News, Religion, reproductive freedom, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Bernie Sanders, Bill Deware, catholic church, knights of columbus, Lancellotta’s Banquet Restaurant, William O'Brien | 3 Responses
By Harry Rix on June 15, 2016
After 400 years of terror, isn’t it time for all Christians to speak out against ‘Radical Christian Extremism?’ Slavery was terrorism: Plantations were concentration camps. The Native American genocide was terrorism: The Trail of Tears was a death march. Hangings by slave patrols and the Ku Klux Klan were terrorism: These murders—often perpetrated or approved by white ‘Christians’—were intended to grieve, horrify and intimidate blacks.
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Featured, History, Immigration, LGBT, National News, Opinion, Politics, Race & Racism, Religion, Republicans | Tagged Islamophobia, love, Muslims, Radical Muslim Extremists, terror attacks, terrorism, truth | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 14, 2016
“How am I, a queer person of color, a queer woman of color, supposed to feel safe?” Flores-Maldonado asked, “We need to remember that Stonewall happened because trans-women of color had enough of police riots.”
By Steve Ahlquist on June 11, 2016
Governor Gina Raimondo will be at the Burrillville High School, 425 East Ave, Harrisville, for a community meeting Monday, July 18 from 6 PM – 9 PM to discuss the proposed power plant.
Posted in Activism, cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Climate Change, corporate greed, Energy, Environment, Events, Featured, Infrastructure, News, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged BASE, Burrillville Against Spectra Expansion, Burrillville High School, Channel 12 Newsmakers, EFSB, Energy Facilities Siting Board, FANG Collective, Gina Raimondo, Invenergy, Kathy Martley, Tim White | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on June 10, 2016
The organizers see the expansion of chemical industries in this area of South Providence as “a clear example of environmental racism as all 11 of the EPA’s identified toxic polluters in Providence are already in this zip code, which is predominantly low-income people of color.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Climate Change, corporate greed, Energy, Environment, Featured, Health Care, Infrastructure, News, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island | Tagged David Graves, DOT Hazard Class, EJLRI, Environmental Justice League of RI, EPA, FANG Collective, national grid | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 10, 2016
Governor Gina Raimondo, “pledged that on Friday she will officially announce the date of her community meeting in Burrillville.”
Posted in Activism, cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Climate Change, Energy, Environment, Events, Featured, Health Care, Infrastructure, News, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged BASE, Burrillville Against Spectra Expansion, FANG Collective, Kathy Martley, Michael J. McCaffrey, MTBE, Nick Katkevich, teresa paiva weed | Leave a response